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Marcus Smart sticks up for teammate Kyrie Irving following series loss to Bucks

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A lot of the blame for the Boston Celtics’ lacklustre effort in their second round series against the Milwaukee is being directed towards none other than Kyrie Irving.

From demanding a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers a few seasons ago so he can lead his own team, and basically guaranteeing that he and his Celtics teammates will take their game to another level come playoff time, Irving’s was simply unable to put his money where his mouth is against the Bucks.

During the series, which lasted only five games, the All-Star averaged just 20.4 points, accumulated a plus/minus of -37, and shot just 30.1% from the floor (25 for 83) in the team’s four losses.

While the media has been relentlessly attacking him, his Celtics teammate Marcus Smart has decided to take a stand against the hate and defend the criticism being directed towards him.

“We just couldn’t find a way to do it. It’s nobody’s fault. It happens…It’s four other guys out there, 13 other guys on the team. Coaches and everything. To just blame it on one guy is bullshit.” said Smart.

He also called out those that claimed he messed up with the Celtics’ chemistry.

“He was forced into a situation where it was business over the friendships. He had to come into a situation knowing this is a group of guys that had something going before [he came] here. ‘How will I fit in?’ He didn’t want to disrupt that. That says a lot. This is Kyrie Irving we’re talking about it, and he’s worried about coming in and disrupting us. We took him in with full arms. We tried to understand. But like I said, we never really understood because we’re not in his shoes. That’s just a bulls- statement to say his leadership skills killed us.”

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Nikola Vucevic out at least four weeks with right ankle injury

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The Orlando Magic were dealt some bad news regarding the status of their star center.

The team announced that big man Nikola Vucevic will be sidelined for a minimum of four weeks after an MRI confirmed he sprained his right ankle during the team’s 113-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

The injury occurred midway through the second quarter when he landed awkwardly while trying to defend Norman Powell drive to the basket.

The 29-year old, who signed a four-year, $100 million contract this offseason, has averaged 17.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 14 games this season.

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Blazers give Carmelo Anthony another NBA opportunity

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He’s back!

After a disappointing 4-8 start to the season, the Portland Trail Blazers have decided to turn to a former All-Star to help them dig out of their situation.

The team announced that they have inked veteran forward Carmelo Anthony to a non-guaranteed contract that will become fully guaranteed if he is not waived by January 7th.

The 35-year old hasn’t played in a game since he shot 1-for-11 as a member of the Houston Rockets on November 8th, 2018.

Throughout his career, he has averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists over a span of 16 seasons and 1064 career games. He is also a ten-time NBA All-Star, and was selected to twoAll-NBA Second Teams and four All-NBA Third Teams.

Anthony is expected to join the Blazers for their upcoming six-game road trip. No word yet on when he will make his debut.

Due to the loss of Zach Collins and lack of forward depth, the Blazers are banking on him to return to his old All-Star ways in order to save their season in the midst of a tough Western Conference.

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Heat guard Kendrick Nunn becomes first rookie since 1969/70 to eclipse 105 points through first five games of season

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From going undrafted to spending a season in the G-League, and now this. It’s been quite an journey for the Miami Heat’s Kendrick Nunn to make it to the NBA. It’s safe to say he’s made the most of his opportunity.

After scoring a career-high 28 in the Heat’s 106-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, he surpassed a scoring mark that has been in the NBA record books for nearly six decades.

The 25-year old Chicago native has scored a combined 112 points through his first five NBA games, which has helped the Heat get off to a scorching-hot 4-1 start. By doing that, he passed Phoenix Suns legend Connie Hawkins (105) for most points by a rookie through the first five games of their rookie season.

To put his start into perspective, he is currently 22nd in the league with 22.4 points per game, which is currently ahead of some star talents such as Stephen Curry, Kristaps Porzingis, and Khris Middleton.

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